‘Silent Plague’ Quarantine Lifted for Smoky Towers
SHARN—The Sharn Watch lifted the quarantine for the Smoky Towers district at dawn today, saying the baffling “Silent Plague” is not contagious.
The Watch’s Blackened Book investigators still seek the source of the mysterious affliction, which leaves its victims pale and unable to speak.
“Our magical investigations have confirmed that the name ‘Silent Plague’ is actually a misnomer. It’s a curse, not a disease,” said Kareyn Allandidor, senior inquisitive for the Blackened Book.
So far forty-two residents of the district suffer from the Silent Plague. Among the victims are Mardan Kluhir, Jordren d’Phiarlan, “Needles” Norrick, Gransha Fleetfinger, and several other noted singers.
But the Silent Plague isn’t limited to the entertainers. Unndro Bhalask, special assistant to Councillor Caskar Halavik, has the affliction.
Most of the Silent Plague’s victims remain in seclusion. The Sharn Inquisitive will continue its efforts to find and interview (in writing) one or more of the plague victims.
The lifting of the quarantine means that the Children’s Charity Parade scheduled for Zul can keep to its traditional route through the district. Parade organizer Thanim Lariendas said a high turnout is expected despite lingering fears about the Silent Plague.
“I appreciate the Watch being careful with our health—no one wants the plague,” he said. “The Watch says that Smoky Towers is perfectly safe, and the children have been looking forward to this parade all year.”
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